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Parental Involvement and the Political Principle: Why the Existing Governance Structure of Schools Should be Abolished


reviewed by J. Gary Knowles 1996

coverTitle: Parental Involvement and the Political Principle: Why the Existing Governance Structure of Schools Should be Abolished
Author(s): Seymore B. Sarason
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787900540, Pages: 190, Year: 1995
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That parents are involved in the education of their children is a “given” in many neighborhoods and communities. Parents can be observed hurriedly moving in and out through the doors of most schools during the course of a typical day. Such involvement spans the gamut from the occasional monitoring of children’s homework, to conversations with teachers and principals, to participation in school activities, to full-fledged volunteerism in the classroom and school communities. This kind of involvement is almost universally deemed to be of great positive influence on the (tested) performance of students. Principals and others, including politicians, often exclaim loudly that “parents are lifesavers in these times of fiscal restraint” and that they can replace much of the paid assistance lost on the budget block. Such conceptions of parents’ involvement are at best shortsighted, patronizing, and provincial, and at worst seriously limiting, undermining, and undemocratic. Nevertheless, in many schools parents do... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 2, 1996, p. 359-364
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9639, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 2:05:06 PM

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